Why the public thinks natural resources public participation processes fail: A case study of British Columbia communities

Publication year: 2011
Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 28, Issue 4, October 2011, Pages 898-906

Annie, Booth , Greg, Halseth

This study examines the experiences and opinions of a “public” which became involved in a government driven comprehensive land use and natural resource planning exercise in British Columbia, Canada during the 1990s. While it is generally assumed to be an inherently good thing, or at least a politically necessary thing, to involve the public in natural resources or land use planning, few studies have examined the experiences of the public or examined perceived failures from the public’s perspective. This study examines British Columbia’s CORE and LRMP planning processes, their successes and failures, as determined by residents of six communities that…

 Highlights: ► We examine a major government led land use planning process in British Columbia, Canada ► We determine that major failings occurred with regard to how the public was engaged in the LRMP and CORE process.